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27/05/2019

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A BUSY FLU SEASON AND THE RISK OF A PANDEMIC?

The Department of Health reports that influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) activity are high for this time of year in comparison to prior years.

44,160 notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza have already been reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) year to date 2019, with the most common respiratory virus being reported as influenza A (93%).1

Predicting when the next pandemic or widespread infectious disease outbreak will occur is difficult. The best strategy for any healthcare facility is to be prepared by stockpiling critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to ensure adequate supply from day one of the outbreak.2

How healthy is your PPE stockpile?

For healthcare facilities, preparing to handle both seasonal and pandemic flu as well as other types of infectious disease outbreaks, it is important to consider what kind of PPE is needed. Protecting patients, hospital staff and visitors requires the availability and appropriate use of a range of PPE including:3

• N95 respirators
• Face masks
• Gowns
• Gloves.

Pandemic Preparedness resources

Halyard has a number of tools to help you this flu season, including our stockpile calculator. Visit our Pandemic Preparedness resources here. 



1. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/
E992F2FDA65E0038CA2583FA001951BD/$File/flu-01-2019.pdf - Accessed 9th May 2019
2. Guidance on preparing workplaces for an influenza pandemic, OSHA, 2009.
3. Milton, et al, PLOS Pathogens, 2013.